Farm Animal Drawing Generator / Nutztier Grafik Generator

a location based installation by Gebhard Sengmüller

GPS Drawing denominates an art form, in which persons equipped with GPS loggers (these are matchbox sized GPS receivers, recording the current geographical location in short intervals) move along an exactly calculated route. This path then shows up, from a bird's-eye view, as a large-scale line drawing in a software like Google Earth. I extend this simple principle to an aleatoric, auto-generative drawing technique. To this, over a period of five days, I equip free-roaming farm animals (specifically, six cows and two donkeys on Fritz Voithofer's farm in Stuhlfelden, Salzburg) with the mentioned GPS loggers. In the next step, the obtained geodata is read out every evening, linked to a map and thus made visible as a drawing. By designating a distinct color to each animal, a layering of the different paths develops. After omitting the map, which gave the original context, an abstract, multi-colored line drawing remains. Unlike conventional GPS drawing techniques, I pass on any planning and entirely leave the drawing's design to the animal's stochastic movement and temperament. The results can be viewed either as animations or as large-size prints.

[animation video]
["making of" video]

[promotional pictures (images)]
[promotional brochure (pdf)]
[catalog text (pdf)]

[watch the video on vimeo]

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